Chevrolet India have quite a few vehicles prevalent in the Indian car market and one of them is the highly acclaimed Chevrolet Beat Diesel hatchback. This hatchback was first launched in the country in year 2011. This diesel variant is being sold in a total of three trims and have also won several awards as well. The lively engine is a 1.0 litre XSDE Smartech Diesel mill with 3 cylinders and a five speed manual transmission gear box. There is the advanced insta torque boost system, which helps in better overtaking maneuvers. The engine is energetic and the most remarkable aspect of this hatchback it its mileage, which is about 25.44 kmpl under standard driving conditions. This diesel hatchback version is equipped with the advanced and refined Intelidrive technology, which has some of the most sophisticated aspects, which makes this hatchback, one of the best in the automobile market. The company has bestowed this Chevrolet Beat Diesel LS hatchback with quite a few comfort features and also some very vital safety aspects as well.
The exteriors of this mid level diesel car are impressive with a stylish aerodynamic design. The front facade looks aggressive with a wide front grille that is flanked by a brilliant head light cluster, which has a twin barrel shaped lamps with polycarbonate outer lenses. The chrome accentuated radiator grille is divided into two parts with a thick body colored stripe, which has the prominent badge of the company. The front wind shield is of tinted glass and has a couple of quick and efficient wipers. The side profile has body colored outside rear view mirrors and black colored door handles. The wheel arches have been fitted with a stylish set of sturdy steel wheels of size 14 x 4.5 J, which have tubeless radial tyres of size 165/65 R14. The rear end has a black colored tail gate handle and also a black colored spoiler that adds to the sportiness of this entry level diesel hatchback. This charming hatchback is being sold by the company in a few impressive exterior paint options. The list includes a Super Red metallic finish, a Caviar Black glossy finish, a Cocktail Green finish, a Summit White option, a Switch Blade Silver finish, a Sandrift Grey finish, a pulsating Misty Lake finish and a Linen Beige finish.
The dimensions of this hatchback are quite modest and can easily house five passengers. The overall length of this hatchback is 3640mm along with a total width of 1595mm. Whereas the total height is of this Chevrolet Beat Diesel LS hatchback is 1520mm along with a wheelbase of 2375mm and a ground clearance of 175mm. The approximate kerb weight of this compact hatchback is in the range of 1027 kgs, while it also has a centrally mounted fuel tank of 35 litres as well.
The interiors of this trendy diesel engine based hatchback have been designed with lavishness. There are some very exclusive features that have been included in this Chevrolet Beat Diesel LS hatchback. To begin with the seating arrangement is very comfortable and the seats have been covered with stylish upholstery that has a design insert on it. These seats give the passengers ample leg room along with pertinent shoulder and head space. The dashboard is neatly done up and has quite a few things to boast of along with the black colored integrated central panel, which has the air conditioner unit along with other things that make this diesel hatchback look modish. This unique instrument cluster has a LED back lit analogue speedometer along with other notification lamps and controls.
Engine and Performance:
The Chevrolet Beat Diesel LS has a 1.0-litre, XSDE, S-TECH common rail diesel mill. This diesel motor is also equipped with a fixed geometry turbocharger, which comes with a vacuum operated waste-gate that gives this engine a superior torque delivery and a lively performance. This 936cc engine has 3 cylinders, a dual overhead cam shaft (DOHC), an ILSS (intelligent launch support system) that helps in an effortless launch in combination with an AIB advanced insta-torque boost and also an electronic throttle. This diesel mill also has an SECP (smart engine and clutch protection mode) that helps in managing the power and torque output based on sensors. While the clutch assembly ensures that the clutch is safe during the car launch and also in difficult driving conditions, which are prevalent in the country. This engine can generate 57.33bhp at 4000rpm along with a 150Nm of torque at 1750rpm, which is quite impressive. This diesel mill has been skillfully coupled with a smooth and efficient five speed manual transmission gear box. The company claims that this hatchback gives a class leading mileage of 25.44 kmpl when driven under standard conditions. This mileage has been certified by reputed testing agencies under the rule number 115 of the CMVR of the country. This energetic diesel engine has the capacity to propel this hatchback from 0 – 100 kmpl in just around 19.02 seconds. On the other hand, this diesel hatchback can attain a top speed of 152 kmph, which is quite good for this incredible vehicle.
Braking and Handling:
The suspension mechanism of this Chevrolet Beat Diesel LS hatchback is very robust with the front axle being fitted with a McPherson Strut type suspension mechanism, which also has an anti-roll bar for added stability and comfort. Whereas the rear axle gets a compound crank type suspension mechanism with gas filled shock absorbers for both front and rear axles. Apart from the well balanced suspension system, the company has fitted this Chevrolet Beat Diesel LS hatchback with an efficient braking system as well. The front tyres have been fitted with disc brakes and the rear tyres have been given solid drum brakes, which work proficiently and help the driver in the better handling of this vehicle.
The company has fitted this impressive Chevrolet Beat Diesel LS hatchback with some crucial and important safety aspects, which will keep the passengers as well as the vehicle safe. The list of these vital protective features include height adjustable front and rear seat head rests for better comfort, central locking, a driver seat belt reminder notification lamp along with a few more such functions, which help in keeping this vehicle under the control of the driver.
The list includes a digital tachometer, odometer, a rear parcel shelf, passenger vanity mirror, day and night internal rear view mirror, silver finish on IP, digital clock along with a trip meter as well. Apart from these, the luggage compartment is pretty spacious and has ample space in it to store a few things comfortably. There are map pockets as well as bottle holders in the front doors and then there are passenger seat back pockets, cup holders in the front center console as well as the rear. There is a lower IP center storage, while there are seat back shopping hooks. The rear seat can also be folded to bring in a lot of other luggage as well.
Pros: Very easy to drive, excellent mileage, affordable cost of ownership.
Cons: Space restraint for tall people and a lot of other features can be added.